I HAVE COMPLETED MY 10 WEEK CHALLENGE!!
I have already done an entire blog post dedicated to my fitness routine which in depth describes the MAX challenge here. But as promised, my 10 week challenge has come to an end and I have been so excited to share my results! I am so INCREDIBLY happy with my results, my changes in health, and my overall wellness. My eating habits have also completely changed and I actually look forward to eating healthy and do not see it as a chore anymore!
I would say I stuck to the diet about 90% of the time throughout the challenge. I had the flu week 6 & during week 9 I had one of my best friends bridal shower and knew I wouldn’t be able to stay good, and then in week 10 I had pizza and wine the night we closed on our first home. I didn’t let it get me down, I just worked that much harder the next day!
Before you get to my picture, I want to mention that the mental change in myself FAR out ways the physical changes. My mental health has greatly improved in the past 10 weeks- something I never thought could happen. I realized that by putting time and effort into myself and into making me feel better, improved so much within me. I was starting to have courage and confidence again! I wasn’t wearing baggy clothes as much and was actually starting to get more dresses up again like I used to. It’s crazy how much we let weight and low self esteem effect us. I know now to never let that happen again. No matter what, I have learned to love me for me and I am so excited to be at that point!
A bit about my before and after pictures. In my before picture I was smiling but not happy. It was right after the holidays, and like always I over indulged and hated how I looked. I had tried so many fad diets and diets to lose weight after gaining ~50 pounds from taking the medication Lexapro. Taking that medication ruined my metabolism and made me gain so much weight. I was just trying to find some quick fixes to make myself feel better not realizing that that wouldn’t do anything. I am kicking myself in the butt for not wearing just a sports bra so you can truly see what my stomach looked like in January! It was constantly bloated and was chubby. My arms had no muscle to them, I hated the skin under my underarms that stick out, and my legs were not toned. My face even looks so round in that before picture.
Although I hate this after picture because like an idiot I put my hands on my hips instead of down at my side and my fingers are pushing my skin out so it looks like I have a gut, I am so incredibly proud of myself! As soon as I got home from my last MAX class I took another picture so that you can actually see the changes in my body without my fingers pushing some skin out. I would also like to mention that the pants I am wearing in my after picture did not fit me until this challenge. They were always tight and made my love handles stick out, but now I have to keep pulling them up to just keep them up!
Here is a real after picture:
Sorry for the mirror selfie, but this was after I had worked out. I wanted to come home and get a better picture of what my stomach actually looked like and not what the picture above showed because that did not show all of my changes! My stomach has become so much more toned and defined! It doesn’t feel bloated unless I have a cheat meal which is expected! I have over indulged since my last day of the challenge (Friday), but as of today I am back on to being strict with a cheat meal on the weekends!
In total I lost 5 pounds – which to me is insane!! How does this change only warrant a 5 pound difference. But, I lost mostly in inches. I lost about 4 inches in my waist, 3.5 inches in my hips, 1.5-2 inches in my bust, 3-3.5 inches in each thigh, and 2.5 inches in each arm. That is a total of ~15 inches lost in all!!! How crazy is that?!
My journey will not stop here. I have started Kayla’s BBG program and cannot wait to see my results! I will update everyone around the week 4 mark to show a progress pictures! I cannot wait to see all of the changes that come with this program and I will also continue to do Jen Selter’s Lower Body Program as well.
Have you started any new fitness regime? What works for you? What diets have you tried that work the best for you?